Restoring of Butcher's Slough Estuary—A Case History

by George H. Allen, Humboldt State Univ, Arcata, CA, USA,
David Hull, Humboldt State Univ, Arcata, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: A 30-acre parcel of former lumber and plywood mills occupying original estuary and salt marsh wetlands on the northern edge of Humboldt Bay, Humboldt County, north coastal California, was redeveloped into estuarine and freshwater wetland habitats. A nine-acre log pond was designed into a marsh-swamp system. The remaining 21 acres was used to create a system as closely resembling the historic estuary as possible. Wetland, bivalve culture, and fish habitat elements were included in the estuary development. Most project elements were placed into operation summer 1986 at a cost of 280,000. This paper documents the physical history of the site, planning issues and processes used to reach a final restoration plan, construction methods and costs, some expected management problems, and research opportunities offered by the completed project.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Wetlands (coastal) | Estuaries | Ecological restoration | Construction costs | Coastal processes | Construction sites | Construction methods | Management methods | North America | California | United States

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